2002 Nissan Altima Have a question on the color of the oil

Tiny
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  • 2002 NISSAN ALTIMA
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
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  • 88,205 MILES
I just got this car at the Dealer and he told me that he changed the oil on it and it also was squealing when I was driving on the high way. I went back to him and told him that my son the mechanic check it out it looks like the dealer never gave it an oil change and they just slapped on brake pads without cutting or replacing the rotors. The dealer got so upset at me that he insisted he changed the oil so now I'm just questiong should the oil look black when you get an oil change. According to my son the mechanic the oil should look clear. Is that correct?
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Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 AT 2:58 PM

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Tiny
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Yes, with a fresh oil change the oil should be kind of a clear carmel color. Now if it has been run, like for test driving it may be a darker color, depending on the miles driven it could be kind of a translucent Black/Gray color.
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Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 AT 3:07 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for your reply I knew he was lyiing because I just picked up the car yesterday and only drove probalby 500 miles the most and it shouldn't have looked black. What about the squeal noise on the brakes. The pads are brand new put the dealer never cut the rotors or replaced them if needed to be he just pad slapped them on. Is that why it is squealing when I stop in the city it doesn't do it much but it makes the squealing noise when I'm stoping. My son said they just pad slapped them on. Could that be the case that he needs to buffed now the rotors so the brakes don't squeal?
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Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 AT 3:53 PM
Tiny
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How do the Rotors look? As long as there are no deep grooves and the rotor is fairly smooth then it is ok that they just put pads on. When done that way they will squeal till the pads conform to the rotors. Your son should know this. If it is of concern to you then have your son turn the rotors. However, since you have driven 500 or so miles the pads have already started to form to the rotors. So you would have to replace the pads.

Also have your son check to see if they put Brake Quiet on the pads. He should know what I am talking about. If they didn't have he put some on it will help with the squeal.
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Tuesday, August 5th, 2008 AT 5:04 PM

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